McMurry, William A. (P3, C1, L30)
Sergeant First Class William Arnold “Bill” McMurry, 40, of Lexington, Fayette County, died on Saturday, 20 October 1979 from a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at Ireland Army Hospital, Fort Knox, Kentucky. McMurry was a Chemical Staff Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade in Lexington and was training with his unit at Fort Knox when he perished.
McMurry first enlisted with the Kentucky Guard in September 1956 and served until September 1965 achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He reenlisted on 20 September 1972. He was a graduate Lafayette High School.
In his civilian career, he was a dispatcher for W. T. Congleton concrete company, now a part of Irving Materials Inc. At the time of his death, McMurry had more than 15 years of service in the Kentucky National Guard.
His awards and decorations include the Armed Forces Reserve Medal; The Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; the Kentucky Service Ribbon with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and the Kentucky National Guard Commendation Ribbon with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.
McMurry was a member of the South Elkhorn Christian Church and is buried in the Lexington Cemetery, Section 48, Lot 612.
Photo courtesy Lafayette High School Alumni Association